News that feels ripped right out of a Hollywood story has come in about a legendary athlete as he took on a new challenge. Braving speeds of up to 90mph, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards flew into the record books once again this week, becoming the first person to successfully play a video game in a vertical wind tunnel.
Games publisher Ubisoft set out to put an extreme winter sports fan to the test by tasking them to play the upcoming video game, STEEP while balancing themselves in mid-air. Boasting an undeniable sporting prowess and his well-documented determination. Eddie did not disappoint.
Eddie completed this unique challenge, finishing in the medal positions while competing against two pro skydivers, who also attempted to complete the STEEP challenge alongside the national treasure.
The challenge was an in-game wingsuit race on Mont Blanc – just one of many exhilarating locations in STEEP. It’s no walk in the park, especially while flying through the air.
Eddie previously achieved hero status in the late eighties, when he became a British ski jumping world record holder and Britain’s first representative in the Olympic sport since 1929.
When asked about taking on the STEEP challenge, Eddie said: I couldn’t wait to give it go. I love a challenge, but this was unlike anything that I’d ever tried before. As soon as I started playing, I was determined to glide past that finishing line.
Tom Goldberger, the Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft, said: When we first developed the concept of playing a video game in a wind tunnel, we instantly knew that there was only one person that we could call to take on the STEEP challenge. Along with being a British icon and an absolute gent, Eddie stunned us all by not only mastering the challenge but landing himself in the medals table too.
STEEP gives players the opportunity to ski, wingsuit, snowboard and paraglide, with the freedom to explore the incredible winter scenes of the game’s open world. Riders can traverse the Alps solo or drop in side-by-side with friends to record and share the most insane tricks ever captured on the slopes. Designed for a generation that’s all about sharing their experiences with the world, STEEP encourages players to challenge their friends to see who truly comes out on top of the world.
STEEP will be released this Friday (December 2nd, 2016) on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.